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McAllen Wind Ensemble concert features ‘America Loves the Movies’

20181107 Wind Ensamble1America loves the movies. From the days of Clark Gable and “Gone with the Wind,” through the Harry Potter series to today's superhero flicks, there has been a long relationship with the big screen and its audience.

The McAllen Wind Ensemble will take people on a journey through popular movie scores and more on Nov. 13 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center (PAC) with its first performance of the season, aptly named “America Loves the Movies.”

The 70-plus musicians, led by director Roger Olivarez, will keep the audience on a roller-coaster ride through twisting compositions that highlight different sections of the orchestra in romantic and beautiful renditions and back to musically moving pieces for a night of great music.

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South Texas College Theatre Presents Sylvia

20181107 STC Sylvia flyerSouth Texas College Theatre presents A. R. Gurney’s play “Sylvia” from Nov 15-18 at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts Main Stage Theater, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

The production will begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 and there will be a 2 p.m. matiness on Nov. 18.

The production is the story of Greg and Kate, who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities.
One day, Greg brings home a dog found in the park bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her nametag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major cause of disagreement between husband and wife.

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Halloween dance starts Victoria Palms social season

20181107 Halloween Cereal Killers Victoria Palms KO 0190Approximately 100 residents and guests of Victoria Palms Resort in Donna started the new season with a costumed Halloween dance. The band, Sweetwater, played as everyone danced, enjoying the social event after a long summer season off.

Costumes included traditional witches and Halloween characters along with other costumes such Kung Fu Panda and friends. Fairies, spacemen and other costumes added to the fun. Activities Director Lori Fanaselle appeared as a trash can labeled “Trailer Trash” while the park manager appeared as a scarecrow.

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Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum remembers Valley tragedies

20181031 Edinburg Fire Dept Museum KO DSC 0168“This picture gives me chills every time I look at it,” said Edinburg Fire Department Fire Inspector Jaime Hernandez, pointing to a picture on the wall of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum. I agreed. The picture showed a school bus floating upside down in a caliche pit filled with water.

September 21, 1989 was a day like no other in the history of Mission and the Rio Grande Valley. A Mission Consolidated Independent School District school bus had just picked up its last student and was heading west on the Mile 5 Line when the brakes on a Dr. Pepper truck traveling north on Bryan Road failed.

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They play a different kind of baseball at Country Sunshine RV

20181030 BeanBagBaseball IMG 0642Sandy Kiely admitted she wasn’t the slugger on her team.

They awarded that honor to Pat Butler. “He hits a lot of home runs.”

This, of course, came after she had just finished rounding the “bases” following her solo home run for the visiting team at Country Sunshine RV Resort in Weslaco.

The balls in this baseball game were bean bags; the targets were holes inside a wooden board placed 17 feet away from the batters. Hitters would aim for holes designated 1B (single), 2B (double), 3B (triple) or Home Run while trying to avoid the negative consequences like “out” and “strike” holes This was the weekly Friday night bean bag baseball activity and the home team in this case – with Kiely, Butler and a host of other big hitters - were on their way to a comfortable 16-3 victory in game one of the doubleheader.

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Stephen Stills and Judy Collins to perform this week in McAllen

It was 50 years ago that a singer-songwriter named Stephen Stills met singer-songwriter named Judy Collins.

This year, they are celebrating those golden years with a tour that makes a stop Friday, Nov. 2 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Brought by the McAllen Society for the Performing Arts, McAllen Live presents “Stephen Stills and Judy Collins: Live in Concert.”

Amazingly, their joint tour marks the first time they have been on stage together and for this tour, they are pulling out their best work, and they will be performing pieces from their most recent album, which was released in summer 2017.

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Victoria Palms celebrates ballroom renovations

20181017 Victoria Palms Rib Cutting HM 8992DONNA – Victoria Palms RV Resort Inn and Suites celebrated ballroom renovations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.
New carpeting, soundproof walls, repainting of ceiling tiles and sconces along with a new hardwood floor, are all part of the ongoing improvements at the Winter Texan resort, restaurant and inn. The facility is used for events, shows and dinners for both non-residents and more than 2,000 park residents.

“ELS has invested roughly $120,000 in our Grande Ballroom the past two years,” said Art Kalifa, Director of Sales and Marketing. “We are happy with the outcome of our ballroom.”

Next on the wish list is focusing on the Victoria Restaurant.

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